This is my first attempt at a PrC, so please be nice. (Honest, but nice!)
This class was built out of our group's need for a cleric. We had one for the first ten or so levels, but then the player's real life became an issue and he quit, leaving my bard as the only healer once his character was able to retire in the story. She'd picked up all of the cure wounds spells, but not other spells like remove curse/disease/poison that clerics usually take care of because well, we thought we'd always have a cleric. We've been unable to find anyone that really meshes with our group, to play a cleric and starting a new character isn't an option for any of, we're all pretty attached to our characters.
I've looked for HOURS for a good bard/cleric PrC but haven't been able to find anything, so I created my own. Note that the MINIMUM level you could be to even start taking ranks in this class is 10. My bard is 15th currently, so she won't even start until 16th.
I know that it's still somewhat overpowered, so I'm really looking for suggestions on toning it down a little without destroying the purpose: having all of the "basic" cleric abilities in a high-level bard prestiege class. Also, some of the wording is probably awkward in some places, so please help me identify those places. Thanks!
The Devoted Hymnist
Although most Bards find themselves consumed with writing and performing tales of love or adventure, there are a few bards who more often write songs to glorify their chosen god or goddess. In addition, this bard is also known to use her spell abilities for healing much more than harming others. The songs she writes and the devotion she shows are occasionally looked upon with great favor by her god, and the he in turn blesses their devoted follower.
Although her healing abilities are no match for a cleric of similar level, this bard is always willing to fill in where needed with her healing skills. She rarely uses close combat and generally partakes in ranged combat only when she is sure she is not needed in any other capacity. Only those who are highly skilled musicians and have devoted their entire adult lives to music may learn the ways of the Hymnist. *
....Bardic Music, Sustaining Song**
...Hymn of Blessing, Hymn of Restoration
...Hymn of RaisingPrerequisites:
Alignment: Any Non-lawful, Non-evil
Perform: 13 ranks
Heal: 5 ranks
Feats: Skill Focus: Perform (Singing or any instrument)
Bardic Music: At least 10 times per day
Must have the following spells: Cure Light Wounds, Cure Moderate Wounds, Cure Serious Wounds, and Cure Critical Wounds
Deity: Any Non-evil
In addition, the hymnist must have declared herself loyal to a deity and has been following that god alone for a minimum of 5 levels. She should have shown a strong pattern of faith and devotion to her god or goddess by her actions during this time.
Hit Die: d6
Class Skills: Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (music) (Int), Knowledge (Religion) (Int), Listen (Wis), Perform (Sing) (Cha), Perform (any instrument) (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int)
Skill points at each level: 4 + Int modifierClass Features:
Weapon and Armour Proficiency: Hymnists do not gain any additional proficiency with any weapons or armors.
Bardic Music: A first level Devoted Hymnist gains the ability to play Bardic Music once per day. Hymnist Bardic Music stacks with all previous instances of Bardic music.
Hymn of Blessing: This song calls upon the Hymnist’s deity to restore favor or health to an ally. The effects of either a Curse or Disease are removed, based on a successful heal check vs. the Curse or Disease’s DC. This song my only be sung to one target at a time, the Hymnist must be touching her target while performing, and the Hymnist must specify if she is asking her god to remove a curse or a disease. Hymn of Blessing uses four daily allotments of Bardic Music.
Hymn of Restoration: This song augments regeneration of hit points and stops the flow of poison in allies. This song may only be sung to one target at a time, and the Hymnist must be within 30 feet of that target. This song has one of the following effects when performed, and the Hymnist must specify which effect she is asking her god for before performing.
· Heal 2 hit points per round, and may be sung for up to one minute.
· May be used to stop (But not reverse) the effects of poisons.
Each performance of Hymn of Restoration uses four daily allotments of Bardic Music.
Hymn of Raising: A 5th level Hymnist with at least 15 ranks in Perform may sing to their deity the Hymn of Raising. This song has the same properties as the spell Raise Dead. The song must be channeled through the spell component (A diamond worth at least 500gp), and the Hymnist must be touching the target while singing or playing the song. Each performance of Hymn of Raising uses six daily allotments of Bardic Music.
Inspire Perfection: The Hymnist may substitute her Perform skill to any one roll of: attack roll, saving throw, skill check, Bardic Knowledge, Spell Save or Initiative. The use of this ability must be declared before the roll is made. This ability may be used once per day.
Performance Augmentation: The deity of the Hymnist is pleased with her songs to such an extent that her basic magical songs are granted augmented properties.
. Inspire Courage grants a +2 morale bonus to attack and weapon damage rolls (instead of the usual +1)
. Inspire Greatness grants a +3 competence bonus on attacks (instead of the usual +2), and an additional +4 temporary hit points (2d10+4 temporary hit points)
. Inspire Competence grants a +4 competence bonus to skill checks (instead of +2)
Songs which abilities have been increased with Performance Augmentation do not stack with the normal Bardic use of these abilities.
Spells: The Hymnist gains new spells per day as if she had also gained a level in a spell casting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would gain. If she belonged to more than one spellcasting class, she must choose which class she will gain spells in per this prestige class.
*Levels in classes OTHER than Bard previous to taking Hymnist are allowed, provided that class also specializes in performance (Such as the Virtuoso)
**The song Sustaining Song as given to the Virtuoso, if the Hymnist does not already have it by taking a level in Virtuoso.